Howdy Ya'll from Middle Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ddhyland, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ddhyland

    ddhyland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally decided to try again with raising some chickens, the first 2 times were horrible. Raised about 20 cute little babies up until they were big enough to go outside. They were doing fine until a neighborhood dog got into the run and there was carnage everywhere [​IMG]. The following year decided to try with larger hens and got 3 "Americauna" hens and a rooster. Everything went fine for about 3 months, then went outside to feed and they were all gone! Still have no idea what happened, no feathers or blood or anything, so no clue what happened to them. I have decided to try again and hopefully we have our coop and run safe and secure to work this time. If not, I do not think I will try again because it is too sad. We have a large totally enclosed run (with the wire buried about 6" deep) inside the back yard which has a chain link 6 foot fence around it and the coop is about 3 feet off the ground, just in case.

    My middle son's girlfriend decided to give him 3 RIR's for Christmas so we have those girls doing quite well. I just bought what I thought were 4 Aracauna (sp?) pullets from my local farm store, but after reading a bit suppose they are actually Easter Eggers, and a very strange looking rooster who I suppose is also an Easter Egger. Anyway, this is the start of my flock and hopefully will learn a lot more on this site.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]Please read the forums on coop building, predator protection etc.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, ddhyland, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Sorry your first flock didn't fare too well - sounds like the precautions you are taking with this group will be effective. Good luck to you!
     
  4. ddhyland

    ddhyland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. I have been reading the threads and hopefully we have covered keeping them protected from predators. So far they seem to be okay. I am still a little nervous though.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG] - good luck with your birds
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm sorry to hear your first 2 attempts at chicken keeping ended so badly. Hopefully this time round things will go well for you!
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  9. ddhyland

    ddhyland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everybody. I have already learned quite a bit just looking around at everything [​IMG].
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2013
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    make sure the wire you use is hardware cloth which is way stronger than chicken wire!
     

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